Was the hype around Zika and the Olympics warranted?

Discover the world of sports management through the AISTS Sports Medicine podcast, featuring interviews with leading experts, professionals and academics.

In this month's AISTS Sports Medicine podcast Karen Dolphin and Siri Wallenius dive into the Zika virus debate and question whether the hype around it was warrented. Leading up to the Games there was a fear that the Olympics could cause a spread of the virus worldwide by all the participants and athletes attending the event hosted in the hot zone of the mosquito borne disease.  There were even calls for the IOC and the local organisers to move or postpone the games but researchers studying Zika and expert agencies like the World Health Organisation insisted the fears were unfounded. Still, some athletes claimed the fear of Zika to be the reason not to participate in the games. Some athletes stirred a lot of anger amongst the Brazilian hosts by tweeting out fears of the virus a few weeks before going to the Olympic Games.  Find out here what the Zika virus is and how many cases there were during the Olympics in Rio.


The AISTS Sports Medicine podcast series was created by AISTS Head of Sports Medicine, Dr Boris Gojanovic (@DrSportSante) and are entirely scripted, recorded and produced by participants of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme.

To learn more about the AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology, visit www.aists.org/mas

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About the AISTS

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) was founded in 2000 by the IOC and leading Swiss institutions and universities. A not-for-profit foundation, the AISTS is committed to professionalising sports management through continuing education, applied research and an engaging platform for industry connections. Our flagship programme is the postgraduate Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology – educating aspiring sport managers from all over the world since 2003. Each year, the AISTS delivers over 900 hours of continuing education, workshops, seminars and projects, bringing together over 140 international sports experts in the sciences of Management, Technology, Law, Medicine, and Sociology – all in the efforts of building a better world through sport.

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